December 6, 2011, - 9:02 am
The night Apple founder Steve Jobs died, and before all the also-rans, imitators, and rip-off artists copied me, I wrote the definitive column on the “Steve Jobs is a Muslim Arab” BS. In it, I noted that Jobs never identified as either a Muslim or Arab and succeeded because he was adopted out of that lifestyle and background. And Jobs, in his own words, agreed.
From page 258 of Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs“:
Simpson [DS: Jobs' biological sister, author Mona Simpson] assumed that Jobs would eventually meet Jandali [DS: his biological father, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, a Syrian Muslim who is now married to his fourth wife], but as time went on he showed even less interest. In 2010, when Jobs and his son, Reed, went to a birthday dinner for Simpson at her Los Angeles house, Reed spent some time looking at pictures of his biological grandfather, but Jobs ignored them. Nor did he seem to care about his Syrian heritage. When the Middle East would come up in conversation, the topic did not engage him or evoke his typical strong opinions, even after Syria was swept up in the Arab Spring uprisings. “I don’t think anybody really knows what we should be doing over there,” he said when I asked whether the Obama administration should be intervening more in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. “You’re f-cked if you do and you’re f-cked if you don’t.”
(Emphasis and dashes in f-words added by me.)
Well, he was wrong about the second part. Just look at the predictable (and I and many others predicted it) Muslim Brotherhood victories in the Egyptian elections and the Al-Qaeda takeover (as I predicted) in Libya, etc.
Sorry, Steve, but you should have left it at, simply, “You’re f-cked if you do.” And since we did, we definitely are.
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